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Video of the Week: Sweet Surrender by Hyfidelik the Gypsy Sun

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Still from Sweet Surrender, by Hyf Gypsy Sun.Still from Sweet Surrender, by Hyf Gypsy Sun.

Hyf the Gypsy Sun describes himself as an “Interplantary frijole eating islamic hispanic sufi rapper guy.” Based in Ottawa, he’s also one of the hip-hop MCs that founded Nationless Mind Records back in 2012.  More than a label, Nationless is building a community of support for artists who are typically on the cultural fringe. Its members create music that is politcal, powerful and relevant all the same. “Sweet Surrender” is no exception. A lesson on the meaning of love, this song infuses spoken word poetry with soulful beats to remind... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 25 février 2015 :: Du cinéma plein la vue. La 19e édition des Francouvertes est ouverte! Salon du livre de l’Outaouais. Musique : une série de concerts à ne pas manquer!

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#OIFF72 Image tirée de la page Facebook du Festival international de films d'Ottawa#OIFF72 Image tirée de la page Facebook du Festival international de films d'Ottawa

Basement 819 s’écoute dorénavant en pièces détachées! Retrouvez ici nos chroniques les plus édifiantes de notre 53e édition de l’émission.  On vous propose de grandes choses et surtout, on vous fait jouer des pièces musicales – des fiertés locales et nationales – judicieusement choisies. *Le très adoré Patrick Watson a révélé un premier extrait de son prochain album Love Songs For Robots. On vous le fait entendre à l’émission. Ya! Ya!* Oh! Et ne manquez pas de consulter le volumineux Weekend Roundup de cette semaine! Dans un cinéma bien près... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Forget the cold edition + Les suggestions Basement819

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Photo from the Transmit event page on Facebook.Photo from the Transmit event page on Facebook.

The last weekend of this short (and frigid) month has arrived and, to make up for the month’s short length (and the cold), we’ve packed two weekends’ worth of great events into one! With the Ottawa Antique and Vintage Market Show happening at the end of next month, you can get a head start on your vintage clothing shopping at the HepKat Vintage Pop Sale. Not surprisingly, there are dance parties happening every night this weekend, with 4 to choose from on Friday night! Reggae Night at Oz Kafe turns... | Continue reading article

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Q & A with Dan Mangan

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Dan Mangan + Blacksmith. Photo from danmanganmusic.com.Dan Mangan + Blacksmith. Photo from danmanganmusic.com.

Post by Curtis Perry. After a two-year hiatus, including fatherhood and some time to regroup, Dan Mangan recently released his 4th LP, Club Meds under the name Dan Mangan + Blacksmith (John Walsh, Gordon Grdina, Kenton Loewen, and often JP Carter, Jesse Zubot and Tyson Naylor). I was able to catch up with Dan over the phone in January, and we shared a wide-ranging discussion, from production work, to kitsch, to YouTube comments. Apartment613: Maybe the most obvious difference with your return is the new name – who is Blacksmith;... | Continue reading article

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undercurrents festival: Parry and a vintage bicycle Spin stories of liberation

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Left: Photo courtesy of Evalyn Perry. Right: Photo by Tanja Tiziana.Left: Photo courtesy of Evalyn Perry. Right: Photo by Tanja Tiziana.

Oh, my! What stories Evalyn Parry spins! And how she and Brad Hart tell them! With song, music, poetry, and theatre. Stories of freedom, power, emancipation and courage spanning three centuries: 19th, 20th and 21st. Stories from our past, but told with music, song and poetry of today. Told using instruments of the 20th century: Rickenbacker and Gretsch electric guitars. Plus an instrument that spans all three centuries: a bicycle updated with 21st century electronics to become a percussion instrument. But all this technology is subservient to the storytelling, starting... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Moonfruits perform at Lowertown Brewery tonight. Photo from their website, moonfruitsmusic.ca.Moonfruits perform at Lowertown Brewery tonight. Photo from their website, moonfruitsmusic.ca.

We’ve got a well rounded weekend ahead of us complete with art shows, killer music and SNL veteran cast members coming to town to entertain. Support artistic representation, local music and laugh yourself into good health all weekend long! This Friday in art we have Sacred Defiance at PDA projects. Aydin Matlabi commemorative exhibition pays respects to the fallen soldiers from the Iranian war. The portraits represent what the soldiers might have looked like in various calm, composed, and faithful poses in a bold contrast to the violence and needless... | Continue reading article

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Vinx brought one-man show to Zola’s

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Vinx, live at Zola's. All photos by Terry Steeves.Vinx, live at Zola's. All photos by Terry Steeves.

“Music is a language. It’s another facet of the way we communicate, only with more feeling and passion. Theory, notes, technicality…throw those out the window.” – Vinx Vincent De’Jon Parrette, more popularly known as Vinx, brought his one-man show to Ottawa’s beautiful Zola’s Restaurant this past Thursday night. He gave us a taste of his past and present repetoire which encompassed nuances of jazz, soul, pop, funk, and other worldly delights. This latest tour is in celebration of his newest effort, An American Crooner, set to have been released on... | Continue reading article

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Take me with you, Nick Everett | Mauno at Mugshots tonight!

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Mauno perform in a Sackville living room.Mauno perform in a Sackville living room.

Post by Sarah Patterson. Halifax/Sackville-based three piece, Mauno and fellow Haligonian minstrels, Vulva Culture (60s girl-group vocals on Quaaludes), are currently working their way west-ward on an eastern Canadian tour entitled “Rolling in the Creep.” They’re scheduled to play in Ottawa along with locals, Baberaham Lincoln on Tuesday Feb 17th at everyone’s favourite haunted jail chapel tavern, Mugshots.  Spearheaded by Nick Everett (Budon, Nick Everett & Everybody), Mauno comprises two other notable musicians as well, namely Halifax’s Eliza Niemi and Sackville staple, Evan Matthews (Mouthbreathers, Yellowteeth). Listening to the few... | Continue reading article

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Hunter, a four-piece blues-rock-psychedelic band from Ottawa, release EP

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Hunter. From left to right: Kevin (guitars, vocals), Micky (drums), Tetsuro (bass, backup vocals). Photo by Yulia Teryaeva Photography.Hunter. From left to right: Kevin (guitars, vocals), Micky (drums), Tetsuro (bass, backup vocals). Photo by Yulia Teryaeva Photography.

Sitting in what I can only imagine is called “ the white room” – I kid you not, it was a floor to ceiling white washed room made all the more incandescent by the white furniture and questionably off-white fur pillows – in Shopify, it seemed a fittingly odd place for my interview with the eclectic band members of Hunter. After a chance encounter last summer at a mutual friends birthday party, Mikhail Yuzicapi (Mick) approached two former Mudplots band members, bassist Tetsuro Takara (Tets) and singer-songwriter guitarist Kevin Ochal... | Continue reading article

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undercurrents festival: The PepTides take Love + Hate to new heights

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Image courtesy of The Peptides.Image courtesy of The Peptides.

When remounting a Fringe show, most people just re-block the previous production to fit into a new space. Then they tweak a few weak lines in the script and wait for the tickets to sell. The PepTides ain’t most people. At last year’s Ottawa Fringe, cramming nine people onto the diminutive Mercury Lounge stage meant making some definite site-specific choices. When undercurrents offered them the opportunity to use the much bigger Arts Court Theatre, the PepTides asked themselves: “What can we do differently?” The answer was lots: costumes, hair styles,... | Continue reading article

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